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Slip and Fall and Premises Liability

Slip and Fall / Premises Liability: Under this theory, the owners and occupiers of land or property owe a legal responsibility for accidents and injuries that occur on their property. These laws are largely dependant on state law and vary from state-to-state. What's usually important in these cases is to look at the status of the injured. Where they a trespassor or were they invited to the property? The status of the injured person with regards to the property might play a role in determining duty, depending on the state. Courts might also look at the condition of the property. Finally, there may be special laws applying to landlords and lessors of property.


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The Joneses just got a brand new, backyard swimming pool for the summer. And while you're not worried about keeping up with them, you might be worried about keeping your kids safe.

Accidental drownings in swimming pools occur so frequently, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has an entire site dedicated to pool safety. So are the Joneses responsible for putting a fence around their new pool?

Did you ever think about all the hazards at your friendly neighborhood home supply stores? Paint could spill on the floor, and you could slip on it. You could puncture your foot on dropped nails and screws. A pretty light fixture could fall from the display, and hit you on the head!

So, if you're injured by slipping or hit by a falling object at a home supply store, can you sue?

The sun is out, and summer is here! This means pool parties and sunbathing.

However, be careful of swimming pool injuries. You could slip and fall on slick and slippery floors. You could be injured from swimming pool chemicals. You could get electrocuted by improper wiring in pool lights. You may even drown because a lifeguard wasn't paying attention.

So, if you get injured at a swimming pool, can you sue?

Normally we think of hospitals as places people go to get well. Every now and then, though, we can come out in worse shape than we went in.

Considering the foot traffic, liquid supplies, and (ick) bodily fluids present in the halls, rooms and just about everywhere else, it's a wonder that there aren't more slip-and-fall injuries in hospitals.

But if you fall in a hospital, could the hospital be legally responsible?

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We go to the gym to stay healthy, even visiting the hotel gym while on vacation. And we often overlook the health risks of exercising in a gym (usually because we're glued to the TV while on a StairMaster).

In a closed environment littered with exercise equipment, towels, sweat, and other workout aficionados, it's no wonder accidents happen at the gym. But if you're injured in a fall while exercising, could the gym be legally responsible? Can you sue?

Injured in an Airbnb Rental

Travel is expensive. Why spend money on a hotel if you're going to spend most of your time sightseeing? Airbnb has become a cheaper and more attractive option for many travelers.

However, what happens in the case of an injury? You slip and fall in a hotel, you sue the hotel. If you slip in fall in an Airbnb rental, who do you sue? Can you even sue?

Summer is almost here and many of us are already planning our outdoor expeditions. Safety first is the rule for any hiking or camping trip, but unfortunately not all backcountry injuries can be avoided.

So what happens if you're injured while hiking or camping this summer? If the injuries weren't your fault, could someone else be liable?

Can You Really Sue City Hall?

Have you ever been to San Francisco's city hall? Like so many across the nation, it's huge and beautiful. Inside, past security and a dark hallway, you enter into a bright atrium with a grand staircase and a beautiful dome. But let's say as you walk up the staircase to get your picture taken, you slip on a puddle, fall backwards, bonk your head, and break a leg.

If this happened in a store, you would sue the store owner for your slip and fall. But, can you sue the government for a fall in city hall?

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